Not only is Rhodes the largest of the Dodecanese islands, but it’s also the most popular. Loved by sunseekers, the island is famous for its sultry weather, sandy beaches and aquamarine waters. Most of the action is centred in the city of Rhodes, located on the island’s northern tip. The medieval Old Town never fails to enchant, with cobblestone streets, lively nightlife and a string of fascinating historic sites.
Things to do in Rhodes
Most travellers gravitate towards the Old Town, enclosed by high walls and a deep moat. Don’t worry if you’re not good with directions because getting lost in the maze of cobblestone streets is all part of the fun.
To the north is the New Town, home to the glitzy Mandraki Harbour and sun-drenched Elli Beach. The waterfront is lined with high rise hotels and stylish bistros. It’s a nice place to watch the sunset or top up your tan by the Aegean Sea.
Also known as the Kastello, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes dates back to the Byzantine period. The Acropolis of Rhodes is a striking example Classical Greek architecture, while the Archaeological Museum showcases a variety of ancient Hellenic treasures.
For panoramic views of the city, climbing the 7th-century Roloi & Bar clock tower is well worth the journey. On the way down, stop for a drink at the chic terrace bar.
Getting around Rhodes
Much of the Old Town is pedestrianised, which means walking is generally the fastest way to get from A to B in Rhodes city. Public buses provide good connections throughout the island, with plenty of taxis available outside the Old Town. Most inter-island ferries and catamarans pull into Commercial Harbour, while sightseeing boats and private yachts dock at Mandraki Harbour.